CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Laramie County School District 1 reported that all 44 passengers from Prairie Wind Elementary School were safe after a school bus collision Wednesday, per a district news release.
The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. when the bus and another vehicle collided at the intersection of Yellowstone Road and Gardenia Drive. Cheyenne Police Department officers and Cheyenne Fire and Rescue responded to the ensuing call.
Per a statement given to Cap City News from a police spokesperson Wednesday afternoon, the department’s preliminary investigation showed that the driver of a Nissan Altima was traveling south on Yellowstone Road and made an illegal left turn onto Gardenia Drive. The car failed to yield, colliding with the bus that was simultaneously traveling north on Yellowstone Road.
No injuries were reported and the department said that both drivers were cooperative and remained on-scene to assist officers. The Altima driver was cited for failure to yield at a left turn, the police statement read, and the case remains under police investigation.
The bus passengers, who were on a field trip, boarded a second bus and proceeded to their
destination. Families have been notified, per the district.
“We always encourage drivers to keep safety top of mind – not only around school buses, but every time you get behind the wheel,” Cheyenne Police Department Chief Mark Francisco said in the police’s statement. “Slow down, stay alert, and eliminate distractions. If your attention is anywhere other than the road, that puts you and others at risk.”